Victoria Police are investigating a variety of obvious arson circumstances, together with a fireplace in a meals financial institution

Food bank volunteers and patrons in Victoria say they were heartbroken after the building was damaged in a fire that may have been the work of an arsonist.

Employees at the Mustard Seed Food Bank at 625 Queens Avenue said the suspicious flame was discovered around 2 a.m. on Wednesday.

“There were two grocery carts full of rubble and it looked like they were being set on fire to drive up the wall,” said Janine Boice, development manager at Mustard Seed. “We believe it was gasoline or some other substance to start it up.”

The charred exterior of the tablet was a surprising sight to those who rely on it.

“I was shocked. I came here yesterday morning for a coffee,” said Creighton Douglas. “It was very surprising to see this cross burned like this, and it made me sad … Only good things come from this place.”

The fire has hurt the charity financially as it prepares for one of the busiest times of the year.

“It costs money to fix it and we want to give money back, that will put us down a bit this Christmas season,” said Boice.

It wasn’t the only suspicious fire that night.

Victoria Police say they are investigating a series of five fires, including the one in Mustard Seed, set off as arson after what appears to be a fire bug hit four separate trash cans around town.

In addition, the police there are also investigating a small fire that was lit outside the Monterey Center in Oak Bay.

“It’s similar in nature and that’s why it’s being studied,” said Oak Bay Fire Asst. Chef Cam Thomson. “The police are there and have created a file and are continuing their investigation.”

Anyone with information about the series of fire is asked to call the Victoria Police Department at 250-995-7654.

The Mustard Seed says it currently accepts items for the holiday season such as food, warm clothing, toys for children, and monetary donations.

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